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Volume 1 Issue 4

September 2014

Romantic Quest in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines
Ms. Priyanka Pandey, 
Department of English, 
Patna University, 
Patna, Bihar, India
The quest for freedom is one of the important elements of romanticism. When seen as a diaspora novel The Shadow Lines seems to be a saga of this romantic quest that defines its characters. The Shadow Lines deals with the diaspora that emerged after the independence. It was different in that it was the voluntary diaspora of the rich and the elite. One of the important features of this Diaspora is that they romanticized homeland and their past. They are characterized by a nostalgia that always haunted them. The desire for freedom that haunted Ila and Tha’mma (Ila’s grandmother) is analysed extensively in the paper.
Romantic Quest; Amitav Ghosh; The Shadow Lines; Cultural Orthodoxy; Freedom.
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